Cornwall and Belleville have cracked the top 10 in a list of Best Communities in Canada compiled by Maclean’s magazine.
The magazine has ranked Cornwall as #8 and Belleville as #4 on its 2021 list which reviewed 415 communities from coast to coast.
The question of where to live when you can work from anywhere was the focus of this year’s list, which Maclean’s is calling its “post-pandemic” version of their Best Communities ranking. Using data provided by Environics Analytics and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), as well as publicly available figures from a variety of sources, the magazine weighted a range of categories based on how important each would be to the average person and ranked each municipality accordingly.
The 2021 ranking, like past ones, considers a number of factors, including housing affordability, population growth, taxes, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities and community engagement. The post-pandemic version, however, eliminates incomes and unemployment rates (since remote workers don’t need to look for a local job); distance to post-secondary institutions (since remote education was expanded and refined during the pandemic); and commuting methods. Because it’s impossible to work from home without a reliable internet connection, the report’s authors also added a new category rating broadband performance based on data from CIRA that has never before been released to the public.